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Step Into Jenny’s Diner and Bite Into the Good Old Days

In the ever-evolving culinary landscape where dining spots often chase the next avant-garde trend, there’s something irresistibly comforting about kicking it old school with a classic diner experience. Enter Jenny’s Diner: the new kid on the Columbus block that’s serving up nostalgia with a side of sass.

Tucked away at 4768 N High Street in the heart of Clintonville/Beechwold, Jenny’s might be the new burger flipper in town, but don’t be fooled—this spot has old-school soul.

Thanks to owner Jenny Dials and her long-time coworker Crystal Peplau, who’ve cut their teeth at local legends like Beechwold Diner, TeeJaye’s, and Linworth Diner, stepping into Jenny’s is like time-traveling to the golden age of diners, minus the time machine hassle.

jennys diner interior

The moment you walk in, you’re hit with a vibe that’s equal parts cozy and kitschy. The walls are decked out in art that screams “retro” louder than a vinyl record player, and the staff are rocking brightly colored shirts that are sure to wake you up faster than your morning coffee.

It’s busy, it’s bustling, and yeah, you might have to wait outside for a bit, but hey, anticipation is part of the experience, right? And let’s be real, we’ve all braved longer lines for lesser food (I’m looking at you, every hyped-up brunch spot ever).

jennys diner menu

Now, let’s talk grub because, at the end of the day, that’s what we’re all here for. Jenny’s menu reads like a love letter to diner classics, with breakfast and lunch options that’ll make you want to wear stretchy pants. On my pilgrimage, the Monte Cristo called my name—a choice that felt like winning the culinary lottery.

French toast that’s the perfect kind of fluffy, cuddling up to just the right amount of cheese and meat, all for a price that won’t have you washing dishes afterward. Heavenly, right?

monte cristo sandwich dusted with powdered sugar

But wait, there’s more! The side of home fries I opted for? Chef’s kiss. Crispy on the outside, pillowy on the inside—like little carb clouds sent from diner heaven. And then came the chicken and waffles, a dish that had me questioning why I’d ever eat chicken without waffles again.

chicken and waffle

But the true unsung hero of the meal was the breakfast sandwich. Simple? Sure. Spectacular? Absolutely. It’s the kind of sandwich that makes you ponder life’s big questions, like why anyone would bother eating breakfast anywhere else.

breakfast sandwich

In essence, Jenny’s Diner is where you go when you need a break from the pretense and just want some darn good food. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the best culinary experiences are the ones that don’t try too hard.

So, if you find yourself in Columbus with an appetite for nostalgia (and, let’s be honest, a killer breakfast sandwich), do yourself a favor and drop by Jenny’s. It’s not just a meal; it’s an experience—a deliciously retro, wonderfully welcoming experience that’ll leave you planning your next visit before you’ve even left.

jennys diner exterior

Jenny’s Diner is located at 4768 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214. They’re open Tuesday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.